Budget cheer - RM500 special aid for civil servants, RM250 for pensioners

Zikri Kamarulzaman

Modified 11 Oct 2019, 12:07 pm

Civil servants will receive a RM500 special aid pay-out next year, the same amount they got this year.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the special aid will be given to those in Grade 56 and below.

For Budget 2019, this was only given to those in Grade 54 and below.

Meanwhile, pensioners will also get RM250 next year just as they did this year.

The special aid is given in lieu of bonuses to civil servants.

The last bonus pay-out civil servants received was a half-month bonus announced under Budget 2015.

In Budget 2016 and 2017, this was changed to a "special assistance" of RM500.

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak then raised the amount to RM1,000 in Budget 2018.

Besides these annual "bonuses" announced in the budget speeches, all civil servants also typically get a Hari Raya festive bonus.

In 2019, this was RM450.